WRITER IN RESIDENCE

September 20 – OCTOBER 4, 2022

Carlina Duan

Carlina Duan is the author of the poetry collections I Wore My Blackest Hair (Little A, 2017) and Alien Miss (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2021). Her poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Poets.org, The Rumpus, and other publications. Carlina’s writing has been supported with residencies and awards from Tin House, the Academy of American Poets, the U.S. Fulbright Program, Signal Fire Arts, the Hopwood Program, and Willapa Bay AiR. Carlina received her M.F.A. in Poetry from Vanderbilt University. She is currently a doctoral student in the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education, where she studies community-engaged writing and documentary poetics. www.carlinaduan.com.

Artist Statement

For me, poetry is community and also heart matter: poetry invites me to look carefully and curiously at the world around me and tend to what I hope to know. As a native Michigander, I am especially excited to attend the Good Hart Residency and to learn from and write with a fellow Michigan-based creative community. At Good Hart, I will expand and revise two-hybrid manuscripts of lyric essayists and poems. The first project focuses on Chinese American basketball players in the 1930s; I hope to excavate themes of race, embodiment, and desire on the court, exploring how these players innovated amidst the historical constraints of their time. I am interested in rewriting the myth of impossibility around Asian American bodies, athleticism, and desire; I hope my manuscript challenges the strange tales we tell around who is allowed to access a sport, and who can be rendered “possible” — even capable — on a court. The second manuscript explores transcription, handwriting, creative process, and creative capital.

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